Placement and Proficiency

Writing

All students at Stetson University must satisfy the Writing Requirement, which consists of four (4) approved courses, at least two of which must be from General Education.

Courses eligible to meet the Writing Requirement include:

  • WE designated courses
  • FSEMs
  • JSEMs
  • Writing Courses*

Students who expect to receive transfer, dual enrollment, AP, IB, or AICE credit for writing courses may transfer up to two (2) writing courses. The remaining courses must be completed at Stetson.

Note: Some students will be placed in ENGL 100 on the basis of incoming test scores. Students placed in ENGL 100 must complete the course during their first semester at Stetson. ENGL 100 will count as one of the four required courses only if the grade earned is a C or above. The course must be retaken immediately if the grade earned is below a C.

*

Courses whose focus is on the theory and practice of writing.

Quantitative Reasoning

All students must earn one unit in quantitative reasoning. Many courses in the Mathematics Department satisfy this requirement, as do select courses in other departments. Students should choose a course appropriate to their desired major and career plans, as outlined below. Students may receive credit for courses offered by the Mathematics Department or by receiving a satisfactory score on an AP, IB or AICE exam.

Mathematics courses numbered from 111-119 are designed for students who require a general course in quantitative reasoning (for instance, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees). Students in Business or the sciences often have additional requirements and should consult with their major advisors on which courses are appropriate.

All incoming students are required to complete an online math placement exam prior to starting at Stetson. Scores on this exam will inform placement into specific math courses (MATH 122Q, MATH 130, or MATH 141Q) as well as guide students and their advisors in choosing an appropriate Q course.
Students scoring high enough on appropriate AP, IB or AICE exams may also receive credit for MATH 141Q and/or MATH 142Q. In general, students choosing majors in the School of Business Administration will take MATH 122Q in the freshman or sophomore year. Please note that this course has the following prerequisites:  ECON 103S and BSAN 101 (or passing BSAN Proficiency Exam) and Math Placement Exam with a score of 11.  Students seeking certification for teaching should consult with an advisor in Teacher Education to be certain of the latest State-mandated requirements in mathematics.

Modern Languages

The Modern Language Department is prepared to evaluate proficiency for French, German, Russian, and Spanish for placement purposes. For other languages, the means for demonstrating proficiency must be arranged by the student and approved by the Department.

All students who have had two or more years of a modern language in high school and wish to study that language at Stetson must take a placement exam. If they have taken four years of that language in high school, they will be placed in a 102 level or above, depending on placement test results. Students with fewer than four years of high school modern language will be placed into an appropriate level of that language based on individual case evaluations of their placement scores and years of previous exposure.

For additional details on placement and credit, contact the Chair of the World Languages and Cultures Department in Sampson Hall.

Information Technology Proficiency

All students in the School of Business Administration are required to demonstrate technical proficiency in four MS-Office applications. This requirement is broken down into two separate components.

The first component is proficiency in MS-Word and MS-PowerPoint. Students may demonstrate proficiency in this area only by passing an exemption examination that covers both applications. Examinations are scheduled periodically throughout the academic year.

The second component is proficiency in MS-Excel and MS-Access. Students may demonstrate proficiency in this area in two ways. Enrolling in BSAN 101 or passing an exemption examination that covers both applications. Examinations are scheduled periodically throughout the academic year.
For additional details on the proficiency placement exam, contact the Associate Dean of the School of Business Administration.